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September 14, 2016

The Body Doesn’t Lie: On Ian McEwan’s ‘Nutshell’ 4

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McEwan, this once at least, has decided to shuffle off the mortal coil of realism in favor of an impossible point of view.

September 13, 2016

Throwing Out the Instruction Manual: On Alexandra Kleeman’s ‘Intimations’ 12

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Kleeman is working in the surrealism-neighboring-naturalism tradition of preceding wunderkinds like Téa Obreht and Jonathan Safran Foer, where sections of dreamlike allegory supplement sections telling the primary “real life” story.

September 13, 2016

Scars That Never Fade: On Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Underground Railroad’ 0

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How can a country ever put such a period behind it? Putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill won’t change the fact that American money was used to purchase people.

September 12, 2016

A Reader’s Diary: On Alan Moore’s ‘Jerusalem’ 3

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Moore, you sadist. Moore, you genius.

September 8, 2016

Keep Trying. Be Content: On Belle Boggs’s ‘The Art of Waiting’ 0

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Boggs sees motherhood everywhere, like I do: it’s inescapable, especially because we do not have it.

September 8, 2016

Made of Sterner Stuff: On Roald Dahl and ‘Love From Boy’ 0

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One gets the sense that it was inevitable that Roald Dahl would become a great writer.

September 2, 2016

American Appetites: A Fiction Review in Three Courses 0

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Each of these books is predominantly about appetite — for food, sex, fame, money, adventure — and its potential wasting effect on the human soul.

September 1, 2016

Sour, Obscene, and Obsessed with Saints 0

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Imagine Flaubert’s ‘The Temptation of Saint Anthony’ set behind a Waffle House.

August 30, 2016

Bango! Tom Wolfe Surfs the Net 3

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Tom Wolfe thinks Charles Darwin was a fraud, a snob, a cheater, and an asshole. And he doesn’t like Noam Chomsky much better.

August 16, 2016

Looking for Meaning in ‘Riverine’ 0

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If ‘Riverine’ is mining the territory familiar to any coming-of-age narrative, then it stands out both by the relentlessness with which the comparative mind of the author works and by her willingness to question her own metaphor-making tendency.